Pre­par­ing for calf nutri­tion

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY / NGA¯ KO¯RERO TAIWHENUA -

De­vel­op­ing a plan is es­sen­tial for calves to achieve wean­ing weights quickly while their di­ges­tive de­vel­op­ment is sup­ported, says Wendy Mor­gan, SealesWinslow nutri­tion and qual­ity man­ager.

Calv­ing sea­son was just around the cor­ner and there were three top tips for healthy pro­duc­tive calves, she said.

Firstly, feed good-qual­ity colostrum for at least four days, se­condly, set up spa­cious, dry, draught-free hous­ing and lastly, don’t skimp on feed qual­ity – you will pay later.

‘‘Hav­ing a plan in place fo­cused on colostrum, hous­ing and qual­ity feed will re­sult in well- grown, healthy calves that will thrive for the du­ra­tion of their pro­duc­tive lives.’’

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